On Day 5 of the March is for Making series, I'd like to introduce you to one of the most inclusive and accessible maker spaces I've had the pleasure of visiting (and joining).
Many of you know that Craig and I usually spend 6 months traveling in our 1983 Bluebird bus named BELLA. Last year was an exception due to COVID. During our travels across the country, we are always on the look out for creative spaces to visit or to meet other creatives. This winter we revisited Tucson's maker space - Xerocraft.
Our plan was to be in Tucson for a month right before Christmas. And since December is always a fun month for creating and making and this year I inquired as to whether I could join Xerocraft during our stay. Their website indicated that they allowed monthly membership and they welcomed me as a member. I was so excited about the possibility to access to a laser cutter for some holiday presents I hoped to make.
Yes, I got access to the laser cutter, but I also discovered an amazing maker community and made some new friends. We visit lots of maker spaces in our travels, and I have to say that Xerocraft is the friendliest, most accessible and inclusive maker space I've had the pleasure of engaging with.
Since I've been looking to explore TurtleStitch as a way to explore coding, I convinced Craig to see if he could get it up and running. (We came close)
That night I also got to witness an amazing interaction between an amazing mentor and his middle school aged mentee.
I even got a potato gun demonstration in the maker spaces's 'out door' space that 'blew me away"
while making your own potato gun.
a bowtie that could be used to embellish a holiday outfit or dress up a holiday gift.
annual Holiday party and got to meet more fun and adventuresome creatives.
He also networked with some amazing creatives like this
artist using irradesescent beetle wings in her crafts.
it was only a month because I had an airplane ticket to make it
back east to spend Christmas with the grandkids.
we took some wonderful walks through the desert.
Park to add sewable LED lights with conductive thread to
their sewing projects.